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Free eBooks, You Say?
February 11, 2008, 2021
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You want to try a new author, but don’t want to shell out the money for it? Well, this is your lucky day. You don’t even have to set foot outside your home to get to the library to do that anymore. Lots of publishers are offering free eBooks as ways to get people hooked, and authors are starting to get more comfortable with people testing the waters. As long as you aren’t opposed to electronic reading, you’re in luck my friend. So settle in and have a look at what you can read for free:

  1. Tor Books will give you a free book every week until their site fully launches if you sign up for the mailing list. If you’re wondering which books, they’ve got Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn at present, and Old Man’s War by John Scalzi is coming up the next week (which is an awesome book). Sign up here. Though I admit, I made up a zipcode. Not that it matters much; I already own the first two books they’re giving away.
  2. Eos Books celebrates their 10-year anniversary by giving away an eBook every 2 months, starting with Shaman’s Crossing, the first volume of Robin Hobb’s newest trilogy. Get it here.
  3. Baen Books, who deserves praise for starting this up years ago, has a free library with many wonderful books. Some of them are out of print or difficult to get your hands on outside of this site.
  4. Neil Gaiman will be making one of his books a free eBook (or rather, HarperCollins will to be more accurate), and he wants your vote to determine which one. Go place your vote! For some mysterious reason, the leading books are American Gods & Anansi Boys… I suspect the vast majority of North America owns those books. Why not make something free that not so many of us already own?
  5. I have been alerted by a couple places online that Steven Brust has released a Firefly novel under a creative commons license–making it Really Big Name Fan Fic. Get your copy of My Own Kind of Freedom.

And if all of those aren’t good enough, check out this massive resource list for other free books online. Project Gutenberg is a favourite of a few people I know, with lots of variety. I’m always impressed by authors that have samples of their work around on their websites as well. Not everyone does it, but I think it’s a great way to let people get a taste of someone’s writing.


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